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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Memorable moments from Glastonbury's colourful past

The Glastonbury Festival has produced some memorable moments over the past 40 years and ticket-holders hope there will be plenty of highlights this weekend.

Here are a few of those from the festival's colourful past:

T-Rex, 1970: Marc Bolan arrived at the festival, known in its early years as Pilton Festival, in a velvet-covered car. When organiser Michael Eavis went to stroke it, Bolan screamed: "Don't touch my car, man."

Bananarama, 1982: Fresh from their first taste of chart success, the girl group played Glastonbury in '82. Legend has it that backstage they asked for somewhere they could wash but, because there was no running water, they were instead handed a bowl of water.

The Smiths, 1984: The Mancunian masters of miserable played through a hail of gladioli and scores of fans made it on to the stage to drape themselves over lead singer Morrissey.

Suzanne Vega, 1989: Both Vega and bassist Mike Visceglia received threats in the days leading up to the festival, saying they would be shot at while on stage. But the pair refused to pull out. Both wore bullet-proof vests - but a gunman did not show up.

Pulp, 1995: The Sheffield band were called up late in the day after The Stone Roses had to pull out when guitarist John Squire broke his collarbone in a mountain biking accident. But, despite the disappointment of some, Pulp played an acclaimed set and went on to become one of Britpop's biggest successes.

Robbie Williams, 1995: Fresh from quitting boyband Take That, Williams was eager to work on his rock star image. He even persuaded Britpop champions Oasis to let him on stage to dance along - but it backfired, with the Guardian describing the episode as "more than faintly pathetic".

Radiohead, 1997: Troubled by equipment failure and cold, wet weather, Radiohead called this one of their most difficult performances. But Mr Eavis called it Glastonbury's finest ever set.

Sir Paul McCartney, 2004: Young and old, punk or hippie, everyone enjoyed a sing-a-long with Macca, who played plenty of Beatles classics.

Jay-Z, 2008: The American rapper caused controversy when picked as a headliner, attracting the scorn of Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. His presence was also blamed for slower ticket sales. But when he took the stage - opening with his own version of Wonderwall - the crowd were mesmerised.

Bruce Springsteen, 2009: Determined to wow the crowd, the Boss landed the event's organisers with a £3,000 (€3,633)fine for running 40 minutes over the strict curfew with his 25-song set.

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